Blood on their hands
Now with the arrest of two more “illegals” in the shooting death of an off duty American Border Patrol agent in front of his family, you have to ask what does “illegal” mean anymore. Both have multiple arrest records for multiple illegal entries into this country only to receive a $10 fine and 30 to 60 days in jail before deportation. They face murder charges along with numerous other charges. So, why did another American die at the hands of people who should have never been here to begin with?
The answer rests with lobbyists, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, that peddle their influence on both parties for political favors and tax loopholes. Every past/present president since Reagan, who in his words, granted the amnesty to end all amnesties; and a complicit Congress who see this invasion only as a civil crime not a felony.
This holds true for the “illegals” turning themselves in upon reaching our border. These illegal immigrants have chosen to be involved in their own human trafficking by virtue of payment to coyotes or others to transport them to our borders. They chose to do this of their own free will. Their parents or guardians have chosen to place them in harm’s way to elicit American sympathy. Will it take another American death to have our laws enforced? In my view, every party cited herein has this man’s blood on their hands as well as others who have died at the hands of illegals.
-- Michael Snipes
I continue to be constantly amused at the continuous rants, mudslinging and prejudiced remarks of people calling themselves Christians criticizing others who not march to the beat of their own drums of separation, hate and prejudices. They are determined to make this country one with a state Christian religion and damn those who are not Christians or believe as they do.
Most consider themselves good Americans but forget the fact this is a country of “religious freedom.” America has not endorsed any specific religion in the Constitution. They have managed to paint the face of Christ as a judgmental, bigoted, hater and dictator, ready to send to hell anyone who is out of step with their moral yardstick.
Actually, Christ spent very little time in the church and very little time with the apostles. The apostles didn’t even believe his teaching nor did they have any idea who he really was. Christ judged no one, but embraced everyone, walked the streets with them and ate with them. Regardless of their endless fault-finding of others who do not walk their paths, they still point their righteous fingers at those Christ died for also. No church that professes to follow the true teachings of Christ should judge or label.
I am so glad my church is inclusive of everyone regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, color, or sexual preferences. We love everyone regardless, all whosoever will come to worship with us and not run them away. I can see why non-Christians dislike Christians who promote violence and hatred with such uncharitable hate-filled speech. It was very noticeable recently, to see a crowd of white Christians, no blacks, Orientals, Hispanics, Indians, or any other race were present. All of them standing like Nazis at the border blocking buses filled with frightened, poor immigrant children. Mostly white Christians did not want to allow those children to pass through the border. Not even offering these poor little souls any food or drink. What a display of humanitarian Christian love. The world is watching. You showed no mercy for poor little children. How much more hatred will be spread in the name of a Christian God?
-- J.M. Bass
Time to gobble
Best for last, peaches, I mean. Peach trees are among the first to blossom in the spring and then beginning as early as June, to put out fruit. But the queen of the crop, the best and most beautiful, the sweetest and softest and the one variety that I seek eagerly every year is one called Elberta Peach.
Each year, I tend to forget that Elbertas do not likely to join the crowd and be available along with the inferior peaches. NO, they wait until late July or early August to become available. Peach growers want to hit the market early while the public is eager, so the Elbertas are not to be found everywhere. The trees are fragile and only bear fruit for about 10 years. Elbertas are not easy to find. They are only grown in Georgia in a narrow corridor just below the Fall Line. None are grown elsewhere in South Carolina or any other state.
Elbertas are truly extraordinary and must be seen in all their glorious colors and tasted in their gourmet deliciousness to be given the awareness that they deserve. I had heard of an orchard near Montezuma that might have some, so yesterday, I went there and found some. It’s Brown’s Orchard on Ga. Hwy. 49 if anyone wants to go there.
Ya’ll excuse me whilst I grab me one and do some gobbling.
-- Henry Graham
Some readers may have been offended by the Viewpoint’s cartoon of Aug. 6. I think the cartoonist was cautioning readers about the adverse effect of religious intolerance. There are numerous religions, and within each religion there are many sects -- Catholic and Protestant, Sunni and Shia, Orthodox and Reform. The vast majority of people want peace and the freedom to practice their religion according to their personal beliefs. They do not want anyone to impose their beliefs on them and they do not want to impose their beliefs on others.
Therefore, it is essential that we recognize that individuals are entitled to interpret religious dogma based on their beliefs and understanding. This does not mean they are wrong or that they are heretics. It only means they have different beliefs. Just because some do not understand the beliefs and lifestyles of others, they do not have the right to condemn the believers. Instead they should look for the common core values contained within all religions. Then they would realize there are more similarities amongst the various denominations than there are differences. And the differences are minor.
One of the hardest things for some individuals to comprehend is the obvious fact that they are not the final judge of anyone’s destiny. They justify their self righteousness on their personal religious beliefs. Also, they conceal their bigotry, prejudices and biases by proclaiming their beliefs are the only true beliefs.
Problems arise when individuals concentrate on the differences of other’s beliefs. They do not want to except those who do not believe as they do. The world would be a better place if individuals would lead their lives in accordance with the teachings of their religion and not try to impose their beliefs on others.
-- Jim Costello